Stone Memorial

Samber Looking For Playmakers Against Coalfield

The Stone Memorial Panthers are regrouping after a tough 34-6 week one defeat at the hands of Grace Christian Academy.

In a game that saw them out-rush GCA 291-34 on the ground, Head Coach Derek Samber says that the team’s physicality was one of the bigger bright spots in their opener.

“Our offensive line (held) the line of scrimmage for the most part,” Samber said. “I had two or three backs run the ball hard for us, including our quarterback, so that’s always going to be a group effort for us.”

While he liked the physicality, Samber knows that his team has to be better in the redone if they want to win.

“We had six different drives go inside the 25 last week and we didn’t get points on any of those drives,” Samber said. “We’re young at the skill positions, but we have got to have somebody step up and be a playmaker … we were physical up front and got solid quarterback play, so from there it’s about stepping up and making plays.”

The Panthers welcome in Coalfield this coming Friday for their second game of the year, meaning the schedule doesn’t get any easier. Last year, the Yellowjackets made the playoffs before losing to Greenback 35-7. Samber knows his team must focus and be ready to play if they are to come out with a win.

“We talked about it just being about us and playing our best football game,” Samber said. “We did so many good things Friday night … we’ve just got to make big plays in big moments and step up to that challenge.”

The Panthers will take on the Yellowjackets at home on Friday at 6:30 P.M.

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